Friendship City Campaign – Seoul, South Korea – Montreal, Canada

Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal: Tell Friendship City, Seoul, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Mayor Won-Soon Park

Seoul Mayor Won-Soon Park

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

Seoul became Friendship city with Montreal in 2015.

In Seoul, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and restaurants where the dogs, who have been tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging, or beating, and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Seoul’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Centers,” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju), and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants.”

The searches resulted in dozens of 1,116 Health Food Shops and 437 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be in the vicinity of Seoul to supply these outlets.

Friendship City Campaign - Seoul, South Korea – Houston, Texas

Friendship City Campaign - Seoul, South Korea – Houston, Texas

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Call for Action

  • Send online messages.
    Click HERE to send online message to the Mayor Denis Coderre.
    Click HERE to send online message to the Chair of City Council Frantz Benjamin. (For postal code, use “H2Y 1C6” which is where the City Hall is located.)
    Click HERE to send online message to the Vice-Chair of City Council Magda Popeanu. (For postal code, use “H2Y 1C6” which is where the City Hall is located.)
    Click HERE to send online message to the leader of the opposition.
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):City Hall
    Mayor Denis Coderre
    275 rue Notre-Dame Est
    Montréal, QC H2Y 1C6, Canada

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Mayor Won-Soon Park:
    Mayor Won-Soon Park
    Seoul City Hall
    110 Saejongdae-ro, Joong-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 04524
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    박원순 서울시장님
    04524 서울특별시 중구 세종대로 110
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre
    Seoul Mayor Won-Soon Park

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Coderre and the members of the City Council,

    We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry:

    Do you think that Montreal should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Mayor Won-Soon Park to close down all those illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve these animal products. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress:
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office: 514-872-0311
    Fax: 514-872-4059

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Mayor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Friendship city, Seoul in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, even though it is illegal under South Korean Law – but the laws are not enforced. The dog and cat meat trades involve extreme and widespread animal cruelty, and the animals suffer unimaginable pain and distress. They cannot speak for themselves which is why I am calling on their behalf. And, I believe that your city would wish to be made aware of this issue, as you would not want to be affiliated with a city where illegal and immoral torture is being carried out on any animal, and particularly not on ones that are loyal, trusting creatures, which look up to us humans as their guardians.

    These illegal trades are being allowed to continue by Korean authorities – even though there is growing opposition from pet owners across South Korea, and throughout the world.

    So, I am asking you to please speak with your counterparts in Seoul to urge them to enforce their own laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion to their companion animals, and also respect to their own citizens, by bringing these trades to an end.

    With the Winter Olympics coming up in 2018, this is the time to make change; this is the time to stop the illegal, inhumane and unnecessary cruelty. I know that South Korea has many beautiful, admirable, and noble practices and customs worth preserving, but this is not one of them.

    Thank you for your time and understanding.

  • Send a Twitter message!

    Suggested Twitter text

    .@seoulmania .@MTL_Ville .@DenisCoderre Plz Urge Friendship City Seoul, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs

No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Montreal!

  1. rose brooks
    rose brooksJuly 26,17

    regarding your sistership with seoul, I beg you to take the time to learn about the inhuman so called ”culture” of dog and cat eating in that country. I think you will agree that this unspeakable horror should cease immediately and those involved be brought to justice. There are laws against animal abuse but their weak and lax government ignore them. Please speak up about this matter, many will stand with you and do all you can to bring it to an end. Thank you.

  2. alexis ventrice
    alexis ventriceJuly 27,17


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